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Retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Duane Stubbs, right, of Morrow, Ga., shakes hands with retired U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Leland Smith, CEO of SolidHires, during a job fair in Marietta, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) — Job openings in the fell in December from an almost six-year high and hiring slowed, a sign the labor market cooled at the end of the year.

The number of positions waiting to be filled declined by 43,000 to 3.99 million, from a revised 4.03 million the prior month, the Labor Department said today in Washington. Fewer Americans quit their jobs.

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